With many of our neighbors preparing to celebrate, Rosh Hashanah, I wanted to know more about the traditions surrounding this very special day. After a little research, I learned that there are four New Year celebrations that take place throughout the Jewish calendar. Of these, the one that particularly inspired me today, was “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” or “The New Year of the Trees”. The celebratory meal or “seder” commemorating this day is called Tu B’Shevat.
The New Year of the Trees occurs on the 15th day of the month of Shevat, which this year, landed on February 15 and 16. In contemporary Israel, Tu B’Shevat has become somewhat of an ecological awareness day, also known as National Arbor Day.
The Tu B’Shevat seder incorporates seven different fruits. Among these are figs, pomegranates, grapes, and dates. Partaking in these fruits symbolizes the blessings of the Tree of Life.
Some of today’s style inspiration for a Tu B’Shevat table may cross over into this week’s New Year celebrations. In the meantime, here are some of my tips for a memorable Tu B’Shevat for 2018.
With South Pasadena being The City of Trees, I wanted to use as many elements from the outdoors as possible. Leaves from the magnolia, olive and fig trees, which abound in our city, are great choices.
Use green and white as your main color theme and let the fruit tell the rest of the story.
Pick up a small potted tree from the local nursery and use as a centerpiece on your table. Mark the tree with the year and give as a gift to a guest of honor.
Anne Bagasao is Co-Founder of Partini and brings over 20 years of professional experience in producing and managing events to her boutique events. Having worked with high profile clients and organizations, as well as the finickiest of brides and grooms, she is now bringing her expertise and style into the homes, backyards and venues of her community. As a busy single mother, she knows that even with our best intentions, sometimes we can’t get it all done to perfection and this is why she founded Partini.